HundrED announces its Spotlight on Digital Transformation in Switzerland in partnership with We Are Play Lab Foundation, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Jacobs Foundation, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, digitalswitzerland - next generation and the Zurich University of Teacher Education.
With a reputation of an education, science and technology pioneer and a strong national agenda focusing on digital transformation, Switzerland is uniquely positioned to be a global centre of digital education innovation, not only in higher education but starting from early childhood.
“All over the world schools are implementing digital aspects to the learning process. However, transforming the education system is a long-lasting effort, which calls for pedagogical expertise and collaboration over the school yards and organizational barriers. We are thrilled to collaborate with Swiss foundations and education innovators to help every child flourish,” states Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director of HundrED.
Organized together with local partners, HundrED Spotlights are curated collections of ten education innovations offering insights into a specific area of education.
“The HundrED Spotlight will shed light on Swiss education changemakers who are embracing digital transformation in the classroom and are dedicated to engaging their students in meaningful, pedagogically sound learning experiences. These emerging good practices deserve to be highlighted and shared with the world.” says Cristina Riesen, Spotlight Switzerland Project Lead and Founder of We Are Play Lab Foundation.
All Swiss-based educators from kindergarten, primary and secondary schools are invited to share their projects of digital transformation at school by July 5th 2019. The ten most convincing good practices selected by an expert jury will receive grants summing up to CHF 120'000. These projects will be announced at the Campus Seminar in Zurich on October 30th 2019 and at the HundrED Innovations Summit in Helsinki on November 6th - 8th 2019.
More information about the Spotlight:
About We Are Play Lab
We are on a mission to empower children with the skills they need to thrive in life. Member of Fondation des Fondateurs and the Swiss Edtech Collider, we are a nonprofit startup gathering an interdisciplinary community of educators, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs. Informed by research and through participatory interventions with our partners, we create effective, inclusive and affordable learning opportunities for the 21st century.
More information: https://wap.rocks/
About Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Gebert Rüf Stiftung promotes innovation for the benefit of Switzerland’s economy and society by providing initial funding for application- and outcome-oriented research and development projects. With its limited resources, Gebert Rüf Stiftung sets impulses where public funding institutions leave gaps. The area of activity «Digital Education Pioneers» aims at implementing pioneering projects at the primary and lower secondary levels and at providing via «laboratories» relevant impetus to create the «school of the future».
More information: https://www.grstiftung.ch/en.html
About Jacobs Foundation
The Jacobs Foundation is active worldwide in promoting child and youth development. It was founded in Zurich by entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs in 1989. The Jacobs Foundation allocates a budget of approximately 40 million Swiss francs per year to fund research projects, intervention programs and scientific institutions. It is committed to scientific excellence and evidence-based research.
More information: https://jacobsfoundation.org/en/
About Stiftung Mercator Schweiz
The Mercator Foundation Switzerland is committed to an open-minded and dedicated society which treats the environment with respect and offers all young people the possibility to make the most of their potential. For this purpose, it initiates and funds projects in four fields: education, international exchange, participation and environmental responsibility. The Mercator Foundation Switzerland facilitates scientific and practice-oriented projects, strengthens organizations in their development and contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and experience.
More information: https://www.stiftung-mercator.ch
About digitalswitzerland - next generation
Digitalisation is bringing major changes to all aspects of life, including education and work. digitalswitzerland is focusing on enabling people of all ages to access digital skills. With “nextgeneration”, we support digital education offerings for both children and adolescents, and adults. Our part is connecting these already existing platforms and providing reach and exposure.
More information: https://digitalswitzerland.com/nextgeneration/
About The Zurich University of Teacher Education
The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) is the largest educational institution for teachers in Switzerland. It provides training, further education, research activities and services, and plays an active role in shaping education, schools and lessons. Around 3,600 trainee teachers study at PH Zurich and around 12,000 participants take part in the university’s further education programmes every year. PH Zurich employs around 600 lecturers, academic staff and assistants, as well as 230 members of administrative and technical staff.
More information: https://phzh.ch/en/